Bristol is a city known for its vibrant creative culture and in recent years has seen its reputation grow to become an influential creative hub internationally.
The city’s sense of unorthodoxy has always driven its creativity, and it is increasingly recognised as one of the most dynamic cultural cities in the UK.
Beautiful Victorian galleries, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Royal West of England Academy, sit comfortably alongside modern museums and dynamic art spaces, including Arnolfini, Spike Island and Watershed, an arthouse cinema, to offer exciting alternative event spaces. You’ll find even more among the city’s live music venues such as Colston Hall, currently celebrating its 150th birthday, and Grade II-listed concert hall St George’s Bristol.
High profile events like biennial live art festival IBT17 Bristol International Festival, The Other Art Fair and Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, add colour throughout the year. While Bristol Film Office welcomes a growing number of film and TV companies to the city, making use of the cutting-edge facilities at Bottle Yard Studios as well as Bristol’s diverse locations. Recent high-profile productions have included Wolf Hall, Poldark and Sherlock.
More than 20,400 people are employed directly in the creative and media sectors in the region and there is a huge diversity of talent from animation and film to post-production, digital and media businesses, many of whom are represented by membership organisation Bristol Media. It is one of the largest, most connected creative organisations in the UK with over 500 members, 4,000 subscribers to its newsletters and more than 30,000 followers on social media. Its mission is to drive innovation and creativity across the South West creative and media sectors, building the fame of the region.
Bristol is also home to multi-award-winning Aardman Animations, creators of Morph, Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit – they run creative away days where attendees can learn to make models from the experts. Banksy and Upfest, Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival, have also ensured the city is increasingly recognised internationally for its street art. The city’s streets offer an incredible outdoor gallery with expert guided walks, plus the opportunity to create your own masterpiece in group workshops.
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If your idea of a good celebration is playing your favourite computer game on the big screen or having a private screening of your number one film with just you and your friends, then they can make it happen.
Watershed is the ideal venue for any event. Established in 1982, they have many years experience of organising and running events.
A multi award-winning venue for non-residential conferences, corporate and private events and weddings.
Opening in Summer 2017, Aerospace Bristol will offer the unique opportunity to stage your event under the wings of Concorde. Ideal for day or evening conferences, corporate and private events, and weddings.
Set on Bristol’s historic Harbourside, At Bristol is one of the most prestigious corporate event venues in the South West.
No. 1 Brunel Square, which neighbours the historic SS Great Britain, is a state of the art purpose built conference space with meeting and breakout rooms.
Ever wished to see what goes on behind closed doors when the curtain comes down. Why not have your meeting in peaceful and very different surroundings. They can tailor your event to include theatre tickets and theatrical tours of the building.
M Shed is an exciting, innovative new museum for Bristol and a unique venue space for any occasion
Located on Bristol's Harbourside, close to the city centre, yet offering vistors and guests a calm corner of this historic quarter, Arnolfini is one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts.
Arnos Vale mixes Victorian Architecture with modern facilities, set in 45 acres of woodland in the city centre. With venues seating 10-100 guests, award winning catering and free parking Arnos Vale is a unique Bristol Venue.
With its impressive property portfolio, the University offers a diverse array of excellent venues for conferences, meetings and social events.
Whether you’re looking for a meeting room, a studio space or a place to rehearse, Tobacco Factory Theatres can provide the ideal setting
RWA’s impressive galleries and renowned art exhibitions offer a distinctive and prestigious setting for conferences and events. Their Grade 2* listed building features a balcony overlooking Bristol’s historic cultural quarter.
An inspirational setting for sophisticated entertaining in the heart of the city.
Paintworks Event Space is a large, versatile, blank canvas space with a programme of public events running throughout the year as well as being available for conference hire.